Hallmundarhraun

Hallmundarhraun

  Hallmundarhraun is a lava field of the pahoehoe type (i.e. smooth unbroken basaltic lava with a smooth, billowy, undulating, or ropy surface) located slightly west of Langjokull glacier. Hallmundarhraun belongs to Borgarfjordur district but lies on the fringes of the Highlands and West Iceland. The lava formed around the 10th century and flowed from craters near Langjokull glacier. At its broadest its around 7 km and its total length is about 52 km. Several caves are found in the f

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Hallormsstadaskogur

Hallormsstadaskogur

Hallormsstaðaskógur is Iceland's largest national forest, found in East Iceland near Egilsstaðir. The area is a famous for its pleasant hiking trails, wildlife and collection of tree species.  Development  For a largely treeless landscape, a forest in Iceland is something of an enigma. However, the reforestation service of Iceland cares for 53 patches of public access land, most of which are easily accessible for travellers on the Ring Road. Hallormsstaðask&oac

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Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Harpa is Rekjavík’s premier concert hall and conference centre. Opened in 2011, it was designed by a collaboration between Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects. History The idea for a purpose-built concert hall in Reykjavík had been tossed around since the 1880s, but it wasn't until this millennium that it began to gain traction. Construction finally began in 2007. It’s future, however, was left uncertain in the

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Heimaey

Heimaey

  Heimaey is the largest of the Westman Islands, south of the mainland, and the only inhabited one, with a population of around 4000 people. The volcano Eldfell is situated on Heimaey. This volcano brought the islands to international attention when it erupted in 1973. The highest mountain of the Westman Islands is also located on Heimaey, the 283 high he tuff mountain Heimaklettur.  In 1984 fisherman Gudlaugur Fritthorsson saved his life as his boat went down by swimming a distanc

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Heiðmörk

Heiðmörk

Heidmork is conservation area of over 300 hectars of land and a favorite pastime location, situated on the outskirts of Reykjavik. Heidmork is one of he primary sources for cold water in the capital region. It also has a beautiful forest of over five million plants and about 150 species of flowers. Rabbits and over 60 types of birds can be found there. Of particular note are Raudholar, a spectacular remainder of a cluster of pseudocraters and the salmon river Ellidaar. A nu

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Hekla

Hekla

  The stratovolcano Hekla in the south of Iceland is undoubtedly one of the island's most famous and active volcanoes, with over 20 eruptions since settlement. Hekla is part of a 40 kilometers long volcanic ridge but the most active part is the fissure Heklugja, considered the volcano proper. Hekla has produced one of the largest amounts of lava of any volcano in the world. Last time Hekla erupted was in 2000. In the Middle Ages Hekla was consi

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Helgafell

Helgafell

  Helgafell is a farm and church site, by a 73 m hill of the same name, and located on Thorsnes, south of Stykkisholmur on Snaefellsnes peninsula. It was a large farm for centuries and had a monastery in the Middle Ages.   In the settlement age, a temple in honour of the thundergod Thor was located at the foot of the hill. Also, according to Laxdaela Saga, heroine Gudrun Osvifursdottir is buried by the hill. In pagan times the mountain was indeed said to be the home for dead peo

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Hella

Hella

Hella is a small town of around 781 people (as of 2011), located in South Iceland, around 94 km from the capital. It is an important regional centre for the area. Hella's economy mainly consists of commerce, services and industry. Tourism is an ever-growing sector as well.  The river Ytri-Ranga on the east bank of which Hella is located, is one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland. Hella has excellent lodgings and for recreational activities there is plenty to choose from; s

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Hellisheiðavirkjun

Hellisheiðavirkjun

The Hellisheidi Power Station is the largest geothermal powerstation in Iceland and the second-largest in the world. The power station is located by Mt. Hengill in Southwest Iceland. Presently, Hellisheidavirkjun has a capacity of 303 MW of electricity an 133 MW of hot water, aiming at 400 MW which would make it the most powerful of its kind in the world, in terms of installed capacity.

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Hellisheiði

Hellisheiði

  Hellisheidi is a lava plateau east of Reykavik, approximately 380 m high. Iceland's main highway, Route 1 passes through it, leading east. The latest and most distinctive lava field is Kristnitokuhraun, formed in the year 1000. On the way through Hellisheidi one can see many mountains, the main ones being Vifilsfell and Blafjoll (The Blue Mountains) to the South and Mt. Hengill to the north. The area is strong in geothermal activity and by Hengill is the Hellisheidavirkjun geot

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Hellnar

Hellnar

  Hellnar is an old fishing village on the westernmost part of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. It used to be one of the largest fishing stations of the peninsula, the oldest record of seafaring there being from 1560. At the shore are spectacular rock formations. Among them is a protruding cliff called Valasnos. Tunneling into the cliff is a cave renowned for its changing colourful hues, according to the light and sea movement. Large colonies of birds also nest in the area. At Gvendarbrunnar

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Hengill

Hengill

  The area of the impressive volcanic mountain Hengill is a geothermal site and a source of energy for the south of Iceland. Two power stations derive its energy from Hengill, the nearby Hellisheidavirkjun power station and Nesjavellir, which provides energy for th Reykjavik area. Not far from Hengill is the town of Hveragerdi, unusual for being situated in an area of such geothermal activity. 

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Hengladalsá

Hengladalsá

Hengladalsa is a river in Southwest Iceland.  The river has its source by the Hengill area, from valleys Innstidalur, Middalur and Fremstidalur, collectively called the Hengladalir, and it falls into Olfus in Reykjadalsa river.

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Herdubreið

Herdubreið

  Herdubreid is a table mountain (Icelandic: 'stapi'), situated north of Vatnajokull in the deserted lava field of Odadahraun, the most extensive lava field in Iceland. This impressive mountain, 1682 m high, is often called 'the queen of Icelandic mountains' and was voted the Icelandic 'national mountain' in a 2002 poll.

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Herðubreiðarlindir

Herðubreiðarlindir

Herdubreidarlindir is an oasis situated near Herdubreid mountain north of Vatnajokull glacier. The area features a campground and hiking trails and is popular with travellers. More than 72 vascular plant species may be found there. Herdubreid also has rich birdlife which includes pink footed geese, harlequin ducks, Arctic terns, swans and red-necked phalaropes.  Outlaws would seek refuge in this area in former times, the best known being Fjalla-Eyvindur. 

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Hestfjörður

Hestfjörður

Hestfjörður (translated to “Horse Fjord”) is a fjord in Westfjords, near Vatnsdalur valley, Bolaskógur forest and Hattardalsfjall mountain. The fjord is 15km long and, at its broadest point, 1km wide. Like the neighbouring fjord Skötufjörður, countless waterfalls cascade down the region’s mountainsides, making for a beautiful, if rarely seen part of the Westfjords.  History Hestfjörður has an important place in modern Icelandic

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Highlands

Highlands

The Icelandic Highlands cover the major part of the country and many of Iceland’s main natural attractions can be found there. Away from crowds, noise and bustle, the Highlands offer unique silence, serenity, peace and extreme natural beauty. The Central Highlands The Central Highlands cover a vast area, all at an altitude of over 500 meters, with numerous mountains reaching a height between 1000 and 2000 meters. Most of these higher mountains are covered by glaciers. Two of

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Hítardalur

Hítardalur

Hitardalur is an ancient manor estate and vicarage in the valley of the same name in West Iceland, close to Borgarnes. History Hitardalur is widely mentoned in old records. One of the the most destructive fires in Icelandic history ocurred in Hitardalur in 1148, claiming the lives of the bishop of Skalholt and 70-80 people who had gathered there for a feast. Eighteen years later a monastery is said to have been founded there, lasting until  1201, though any further records of it are sca

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Hjálparfoss

Hjálparfoss

  Hjalparfoss is one of several waterfalls in Thjorsardalur valley, north of the volcano Hekla, in south Iceland. This is a two-stepped waterfall, situated near the point where the rivers Fossa and Thjorsa join each other. The waterfall is framed by beautiful basalt formations, creating a nice contrast to the white waterstream.

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Hjalteyri

Hjalteyri

Hjalteyri is a community of around 40 people, located on the western shores of Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. Until the early 20th century it was one of the centers for the herring industry in Iceland. History & economy Norwegians started salting herring in the area around 1880 and the village became was confirmed by law as a trading post in 1897. Swedes, Scots and Germans would fish there  in the following years but all foreigners had left by 1914. The Icelandic fishing company Kve

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Hljóðaklettar

Hljóðaklettar

Hljodaklettar (‘Echo Rocks’) is a distintive cluster of columnar rock formations, located by Jokulsargljufur in Vatnajokull National Park. Hljodaklettar stand at the entrance to Vesturdalur, down by the river Jokulsa a Fjollum.The columns lie at all angles and derive their name from the strange echoes created by the numerous caves and uncommon rock formations.

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Hnappavellir

Hnappavellir

Hnappavellir is Iceland's most popular climbing area, as well as its largest. These are vertical cliffs situated near Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park. The cliffs once rose from the sea but now tower over grassy meadows. At Hnappavellir you'll have over a hundred routes to choose from. For the avid climber, this is an essentinal place to visit.

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Hnífsdalur

Hnífsdalur

  Hnifsdalur is  a small village of around 250 people in a valley of the same name and is positioned between Bolungarvik and Isafjordur. The mouth of the valley is marked by the mountains Budarhyrna and Bakkahyrna, each named after a farm near its roots. The river Hnifsdalsa runs through the valley. Between Hnifsdalur and Isafjordur lies the mountain Eyrarfjall. There have been avalanches in this area, a large one occured there in 1910 resulting in a great loss of life.

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Höfn

Höfn

Hofn a Hornafirdi, is a fishing town in southeast Iceland, with a population of 1641 (as of 2011). It has a strong harbour and its main industries are fishing and tourism. Of note are several interesting museums and the annual Humarhatid (lobster festival). The area is also rich and varied birdlife and migratory birds from Scotland land here around April and leave around August/September.

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Hofsjökull

Hofsjökull

Hofsjokull is the third largest glacier in Iceland and is situated in the Mid-Higlands. Hofsjokull has an active subglacial caldera volcano which is the largest active one in the country. The glacier is the source of several rivers, including Thjorsa, which is Iceland’s largest river.

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Hofsós

Hofsós

Located in the north-west, Hofsós is one of the oldest trading posts in Iceland, dating back to the 1500s. Today, it is a sleepy fishing village, though tourism is now on the rise thanks to the recent addition of a designer swimming pool. History In the 16th century, Hofsós seemed destined to develop into a large and prosperous town. It was built centre-north of the country, there was easy access for boats to land, the fishing was rife and, most importantly, it was a trading port

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Höfði

Höfði

Hofdi is a building in north Reykjavik, most famous for being the meeting point of then-presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union in 1986. Hofdi is also notable as the former residence of Icelandic poet and entrepreneur Einar Benediktsson. Since 1958 it has been used for formal receptions and festive occasions. The house is rumoured to be haunted. A Hollywood film is now being made about the meeting of the Soviet and US leaders, starring Michael Do

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Hólar in Hjaltadalur

Hólar in Hjaltadalur

Holar in Hjaltadalur valley, in the east of Skagafjordur is an ancient bishop seat and an important historical site. It currently has a female ordaining bishop.  As well as being the is the site of historical buildings and excavations, Holar features an agricultural university, a turf house built in 1934 that is rented out for lodgings and a center for the history of the Icelandic horse. Holar was the last stronghold for Catholicism, led by bishop Jon Arason, against the advent of Lutheri

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Hólaskógur

Hólaskógur

  Holaskogur is an deforested area (despite the name, 'skogur'='forrest') in Gjupverjaafrettur in the mid highlands of Iceland.  Holaskogur has excellent modern accomodations and is thus popular with travelers. When farmers would gather their sheep from the mountains in the autumn, they'd stay in huts on their way and the oldest of these is found at Holaskogur, rebuilt in 1994.

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Hólmavík

Hólmavík

The small town Holmavik is the largest settlement of Strandir region in the Westfjords. It has a population of about 375 people (as of 2011) and serves as a center of commerce for the region.  Fisheries and tourist services are the mainstay of the economy of Holmavik, as well as farming in the countryside surrounding the town. n the past, the Strandir region was famous/notorious for witchcraft and the town features the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, well worth a visit. You mi

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Hóp Lake

Hóp Lake

Lake Hop is a tidal lake in North Iceland. It is the fifth largest lake in the country and popular for fishing. The lake is situated around 35 km from Blonduos, on the borders of Western and Eastern Hunavatnassysla. Depending on tide, the size of the lake may vary from 29 to 44 km2. Plenty of brown and char can be found in the lake as well as salmon, sea trout and sea char. The size of the sea trouts and sea chars may reach 6 pounds. Also note that the rivers Gjufura and Vididalsa, which

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Hópsnes

Hópsnes

Hopsnes (a.k.a. Thorkotlustadanes) is a small peninsula in Grindavik in Southwest Iceland. Many ships have stranded at Hopsnes and can be seen from the road. Various other remnants bear witness to the life of seafarers of farmers. Hopsnes has a lighthouse with a view of Eldey island on clear days. It is a nice place to take a walk and breathe in the sea and Icelandic history.

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Hornafjörður

Hornafjörður

Hornafjörður (“Fjord of Horns”) is a fjord, municipality and growing community found in southeast Iceland. The fjord takes its name from the curved shapes of the sand reefs that have formed just off the coastline. Hornafjörður is one of the larger municipalities found in Iceland, covering a total area of 260 km, all for a population of little over 2,200. The southern end of Vatnajokull National Park falls under Hornafjörður’s jurisdiction.  

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Hornstrandir

Hornstrandir

Hornstrandir is a nature reserve located in the Westfjords, in the North West of Iceland. The total area covers 580 km2 (220 sq mi) of tundra, cliffsides, flowering fields and ice (the glacier, Drangajökull, sits to the region’s south). The nature reserve was established in 1975, its borders encompassing the picturesque fjords Hrafnfjörður and Furufjörður, finishing at Skorarheiði moor. Also included within the reserve is district of Grunnaví­kurhr

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Hrafnabjargafoss

Hrafnabjargafoss

Hrafnabjargafoss is a waterfall in the river Skjalfandafljot northwest of Vatnajokull.  Skjalfandafljot falls into several highly impressive canyons and other notable waterfalls in the river are Aldeyjarfoss, Godafoss, Barnafoss and Ullarfoss, all renowned for their magnificent beauty.

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Hrafnagjá

Hrafnagjá

  Hrafnagja is a 7.7 meter long canyon, 68 meters at its widest, located at Thingvellir National Park in South Iceland. The Hrafnagja canyon marks the western boundary of the Eurasian plate. Its equivalent to the east is the famous Almannagja canyon, which also was the site of the old parliament, Althingi, founded in 930 and now located in Reykjavik.

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Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar in Borgarfjordur district is a series of beautiful waterfalls  formed by rivulets streaming from a short distance out of the Hallmundarhraun lava field. The lava field flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjokull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvita river from ledges of less porous rock in the lava. These are some of the most magnificent falls found in Iceland and not to be missed.

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Hrepphólar

Hrepphólar

Hreppholar is a series of regular basalt columns located at Hrunaheidi heath in South Iceland. These towering pillars are located at the Hrunaheidi heath in Arnessysla county. Despite some mining in the area they still remain an impressive sight when traveling through the heath.

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Hrísey

Hrísey

  In Eyjafordur in North Iceland there lies an island of around 200 people, called Hrisey, widely hailed as 'The Pearl of Eyjafjordur'. The beauty and tranquility of Hrisey, along with its interesting history and culture, the hospitality of the locals, rich birdlife and a fantastic view of the fjord and its mountains have made the island an essential stop for travelers. History & Culture Hrisey has been inhabited since the age of settlement and is mentioned as early as in Lan

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Húsafell

Húsafell

  Husafell is one of the most popular destination of travelers in the country, a unique natural attraction. It has much history and strong ties with legends and folklore. It is located in Borgarjordur in West Iceland. Husafell has excellent facilities and services, offering many recreational activities, beautiful woodlands in a field of lava and nice warm pools. The old farmhouse there was built in 1904 and is run as a hotel.   Many birds can be found in Husafell. The mountain ring

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Húsavík

Húsavík

Husavik in Skjalfandi Bay in North Iceland is called the whale watching capital of the world. Whale watching is highly recommended from Húsavík and visiting the village whale museum. Other places that visitors might like to visit are the wooden Húsavíkurkirkja church, built in 1907, and the civic museum for culture and biology, which amongst other things features a stuffed polar bear and ancient boats, bearing witness to the history of seafaring in Iceland.

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Hvalfjörður

Hvalfjörður

  Hvalfjordur is a fjord in Southwest Iceland. The fjord is approximately 30 km long and 5 km wide. Nature & Landscape The landscape of Hvalfjordur is varied and beautiful, wide areas of flat land along with majestic mountains, green vegetation in summer and beaches cut with by creeks and rich in birdlife. The area has further been well planted with forests. Among natural attractions is Iceland's highest waterfall, Glymur in Botnsdalur, in the river Botnsa. Th

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Hvalneskirkja

Hvalneskirkja

  Hvalneskirkja is a beautiful stone church in Hvalnes on the Reykjanes peninsula, built in the years 1886-87. The church's altarpiece is a remake of the one at Domkirkjan, Iceland's main Lutherian church, and painted in 1886. One of the Hvaleyrarkirkja's main relics is the tombstone of Steinunn Hallgrimsdottir (d. 1649), daughter of the major hymn poet and priest Hallgrimur Petursson (wherefrom Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik derives its name). Hallgrimur himself served in Hval

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Hvammstangi

Hvammstangi

Hvammstangi is a village on the Vatnsnes Peninsula, six kilometres north of the Ring Road. Nestled beside the Miðfjörður fjord, Hvammstangi is the most densely populated area in West Húnaþing County, with roughly 600 inhabitants. History Historically, Hvammstangi was an important trading centre, dating back to 1856. The Trade Museum Bardúsa, located in the central town, tells this story, offering visitors an insight into both the small town’s develop

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Hvannadalshnúkur

Hvannadalshnúkur

Hvannadalshnúkur or Hvannadalshnjúkur is the highest peak of Öræfajökull volcanic glacier in Vatnajökull National Park and Iceland's highest peak. Its latest measurement finds it to be 2109 meters high. The volcano had a massive eruption in 1362, destroying many farms and killing many people, and another less dramatic eruption in the year 1727. Today Öræfajökull is popular for hiking. You don't need much experience yourself as long as

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Hvanneyri

Hvanneyri

Hvanneyri is a small agriculture and church centre in the west of Iceland and can be visited 80 km north of Reykjavik in the municipality of Borgarbyggð. The settlement, known for its history of farming, is surrounded by luscious green meadows and walkable hills. History What is now the municipality of Borgarbyggð was once an important landing zone for Iceland’s earliest settlers, who followed the rivers inland on their conquest for a new home. By setting up farmsteads along the

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Hvannfell

Hvannfell

  Hvannfell is a mountain in Sudur-Thingeyjarsysla county in North Iceland. The mountain is located near the famous Lake Myvatn. The Burfellshraun lava field lies between Hvannfell and mountain Burfell, with colourful and mixed lava.

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Hveragerði

Hveragerði

Hveragerði is a town and municipality in the southwest of Iceland, around 45 km from the capital Reykjavik. Around 2300 people live in Hveragerði. The river Varmá runs through it. The town is well known for its greenhouses and strong geothermal activity, in particular the nearby Reykjadalur valley. In the scenic Reykjadalur ('Steam Valley') you have the hot water stream falling down the slopes of the valley. The mountain range is ideal for relaxing and the

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Hveravellir

Hveravellir

  Hveravellir is a geothermal area and nature reserve in the Icelandic highlands, between the glaciers Hofsjokull and Langjokull. The area features colourful sinters and smoking fumaroles, hot springs and a geothermal hot pool. Hveravellir is renowned for its beauty and is a popular stop when traveling through the highland road of Kjolur.  

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Hverfell

Hverfell

Hverfell is an explosion crater on the east side of Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland and is one of the largest explosion craters in the world. The diameter of the crater is 1000 metres and it is around 140 metres deep. It was formed in a volcanic explosion some 2800-2900 years ago. Hverfell is also known as Hverfjall, both spellings are correct.

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Hvítá river

Hvítá river

  Hvita is a glacier river in Arnessysla in South Iceland. It is one of the most popular rivers in Iceland for rafting, good salmon fishing can also be made there and it is home to  Iceland's most famous waterfall. The river has its source in Hvitarvatn, near Blafell, by the roots of Langjokull. A few other rivers join it on its course. Furthermore, Iceland's most famous waterfall, the beautiful Gullfoss, is in Hvita and falls down thunderously 32 meters into the Hvitarg

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Hvítárvatn

Hvítárvatn

Hvitarvatn is a glacier lake in the Icelandic highlands, feeding the glacier river Hvita in South Iceland. The lake lies where the highland road Kjalvegur starts from the south and is located around 45 km from famous Gullfoss waterfall. The lake lies close to Iceland’s second-largest glacier, Langjokull, and indeed an outlet of the glacier, Nordurjokull, reaches the lake, lending it its distinctly light glacial colour. The outlet Sudurjokull used to reach into the lake as well, but has re

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Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur, sometimes referred to as the “Troll of North-West Iceland”, is a 15m (49ft) basalt stack protruding from Húnaflói bay, along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula. Hvítserkur gets its name from the birdlife nesting atop it. In Icelandic, the name translates to “white shirt”, a nod to the colour of the bird droppings that cover the rock. Folklore It should come as no surprise that Hvítserkur is often referred to as a t

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Hvolsvöllur

Hvolsvöllur

Hvolsvöllur is a small town of 950 people in south Iceland, conveniently located by the ring road. The local airport has flights to the Westman Islands. Economy and transport Hvolsvöllur’s main economy is services to the surrounding agricultural area, which has an additional 600 people, meat processing and tourism.  Museum The area features prominently in one of the most famous Icelandic sagas, Njál’s saga. There is indeed an excellent Icelandic Saga Centre

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Ice Tunnel

Ice Tunnel

The Ice Tunnel is a man-made tunnel, carved into the depths of the Langjökull glacier. 

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Iceland's coasts

Iceland's coasts

Almost everywhere where there is old lava by the Icelandic shores, there are also spectacular waves, particularly in the southwest parts of the country.  In the northwest, north and east, high seacliffs (up to 500 meters high) can widely be found, popular nesting places for seabirds, that gather there around april.  Among the sea cliffs in Iceland most known for birdlife are Latrabjarg in the Westfjords, Drangey and Grimsey in the north, and the Westman Islands, Krysuvikurberg (see K

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Illugastadir

Illugastadir

Illugastaðir farm can be found on the west side of the Vatnsnes Peninsula. The area has truly stunning views of the eastern Westfjord coastline and is blessed with gorgeous hiking trails, fields of nesting birds and seal colonies. It is an area of sublime beauty; a beauty that could easily distract from the farm’s infamous, yet fascinating, place in Icelandic history. History Natan Ketilsson (1792 - 1828) was the original resident of Illugastaðir. An Icelandic tail-doctor (s

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Ingólfshöfði

Ingólfshöfði

Ingofshofdi is a cape and a nature reserve in Southeast Iceland, located south of Vatnajokull. Ingolfshofdi is encircled by rocky cliffs but a sand dune lies to its north west, wherefrom the cape can be reached. Part of the cape is well vegitated and it is rich with birdlife, including puffins, seafowl, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and kittiwakes.  Ingolfshofdi has a lighthouse and ruins of an old fishingmen’s huts can be seen. The cape is named after Iceland’s first settle

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Ísafjarðardjúp

Ísafjarðardjúp

  Isafjardardjup ('Icefjord's Deep') is a large fjord in the Westfjords of Iceland. The north side of the fjord has one inlet, Kaldalon, but the south one has several fjords of its own. The fjords of the south side are Skutulsfjordur (home of Isafjordur town, capital of the Westfjords) Alftafjordur, Seydisfjordur, Hestfjordur, Skotufjordur, Mjoifjordur and Isafjordur (not to be confused with the aforementioned town). Isafardardjup has three islands. Aedey and Vigur have one f

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Ísafjörður

Ísafjörður

  The town Isafjordur in the fjord Skutulsfjordur is the capital of the Westfjords, with a population of about 2600 people.  Fishing is the main industry of Isafjordur, along with tourism. The University Center of the Westfjords is located here, and the town also has a cultural museum. The local folk museum is housed in the oldest home in Iceland, built in 1786. Isafjordur hosts many popular events, its most famous being the highly popular yearly music festival, Aldrei For Eg Sudur

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